The '''Wisconsin Historical Society''' (officially the '''State Historical Society of Wisconsin''') is simultaneously a state agency and a private membership organization whose purpose is to maintain, promote and spread knowledge relating to the history
of North America
, with an emphasis on the state of Wisconsin
and the trans-Allegheny West. Founded in 1846 and chartered in 1853, it is the oldest historical society
in the United States
to receive continuous public funding.
] [[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/about/ About page] at the Wisconsin Historical Society website.]
The society's headquarters are located in Madison, Wisconsin
, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison
Image:State-historical-society.jpg|300px|thumb|The Wisconsin Historical Society has occupied this building in Madison designed by Ferry & Clas since 1900.